I entertain pretty often and hosting people can get expensive! I live for the idea of having my friends and family over (more like obsessed with it) but I certainly don’t want to feel like I’m breaking the bank every time I do so. So, over time I’ve paid attention and have compiled a list of six budget friendly entertaining tips.These tips have been super helpful to me, so I’m hopeful that they will be super helpful to you. After all, sharing is caring!
Okay, I’ll break these down into the three main sections—food, liquor and décor. So, let’s get to it!
Hostess Tip #1: Slow cook a bigger, inexpensive cut of meat—this is surely the way to go. Think chicken thighs and drumsticks, beef sirloin or pork chops. These cuts of meats can run you between $2.50 and $6 a pound. Plus the deep flavor that develops when slow cooking meat, will have your guests wanting seconds.
Hostess Tip #2: Cook dishes that provide large portions for minimal cost. Bring on the pasta! My staple go-to is lasagna. You can spend less than $20 bucks on all the ingredients and feed roughly 10 people. Now that’s a meal! For an extra 5 bucks, serve alongside some garlic bread and voilà an amazing, flavorful meal!
Hostess Tip #3: If you are a wine drinker like me and normally like to keep wine on hand, I say a good tip is buying wine by the case. Normally, the cost per bottle becomes cheaper and allows you to be ready for some impromptu entertaining.
Hostess Tip #4: Avoid buying alcohol at your local liquor store and instead purchase it at wholesale places like Costco or BJs. Or, believe it or not, Trader Joe’s— you can buy a bottle for $4-5 and it’s actually pretty good! Try the Trader Moon Cabernet! These larger retailers are able to offer deeper discounts, therefore giving you more bang for your buck!
Bonus Tip: I don’t normally call this one out, since traveling can be exhausting in itself so thinking about your dinner party at the airport isn’t ideal. However, if you are up for the challenge, I say pick up a couple of bottles at the duty free shop. Now, that’s savings!
Hostess Tip #5: Any stylish table needs flowers and these babies can get expensive. So, have no fear your local supermarket (I pick up mine at Trader Joe’s) will have you spending less than $20 bucks and will totally do the job.
Need some tips on styling store bought flowers, these handy tricks will definitely help!
Hostess Tip #6: Buy neutral, but inexpensive dinnerware that can be used over and over and over again. Remember it’s all about not having to spend tons of money every time you entertain. I have white plates, which I picked up at Home Goods and spend $2.99 per plate . It can’t get any better than that and to be honest I’ve used them so much, I think I’m overdue for new ones. These Target ones have totally been catching my eye!
Okay stylish hostesses, the option is not to stop entertaining but to save some extra bucks when doing it. I hope these tips have you saving money in no time!
Till next time.